Our passage today should cause us to realize how powerful God is. Job describes how God “hangs the earth on nothing”, “covers the face of the full moon”, and “stilled the sea”. All of these show the power and majesty of God, and this imagery should remind us how He created the world back in Genesis 1.
Apart from that, I think there is an interesting word play in this passage. Notice in two different places that Job uses the word “tremble” (v. 5 and 11). The word play happens because not only do the dead tremble (v. 5), but even the pillars of heaven tremble (v. 11) before God. Pillars are what hold up something, and what Job is saying is that the pillars in heaven shake at His rebuke.
This is important for all of us to understand. We need to recognize the power of God. Often times, when we are in sin, we will think to ourselves, “It’s not that bad” or “God will forgive me”. While the second statement is true, the first is not. Sin is that bad. Sin is disobeying the God who makes the pillars of heaven tremble at His rebuke! We need to guard our minds and hearts, and to not allow anything that is unholy in.
A few questions for all of us: What unholy thing is God rebuking in your life? What sin do you continually commit because “it’s not that bad”? Are you willing to give it up?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice